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  1. MaryJane

    Citizenship Applications 2017

    So I'm starting this thread for the peeps applying for citizenship this year or late 2016. If you're still holding on in the process, do join in. To date, I have not submitted our application...but soon. Slowly gathering everything together. And that almost $2k price tag is an ouch! What is the citizenship timeline nowadays? I know CIC says it's about 12 months, but somebody with recent experience could shed more light on this. @Wolverine, was yours around 6 months? Any tips, suggestions or words of encouragement from former applicants (now citizens) would be much appreciated.
  2. Crucial info that may well be elsewhere on the Forum as well, but I was not aware. After we completed the citizenship test last month, the person at Service Canada who checked our original documents mentioned that the Record of Landing (that sheet of barely readable paper they staple into your passport on your day of landing) should be saved until you retire. Apparently when you apply for CPP (Canada Pension) after retirement, they want to see the original again, to verify the number of years you've been in Canada. I personally assumed that after citizenship, I can trash all the application documents. Interestingly, she also mentioned that some people laminate the sheet, in order to preserve it better, and that actually voids the document! Spread the word, and ensure your children understand this as well, in case something happens to you in the meantime.
  3. A couple of years ago when we were still in SA, someone told me that if you are not born in SA, but are a naturalised citizen, you lose your SA citizenship if you have been out of the country for more than a year and have to reapply for it. My husband was born in Zim and became a naturalised SA citizen. We have been in Canada on PR status for almost 2 years and want to go back to SA for a visit next year using our SA passports. I just hope there will be no issues. Does anyone know about this or know of an expert to ask? Thanks.
  4. http://www.canadavisa.com/news/entry/cic-issues-instructions-to-allow-for-religious-accommodation-during-canadian-citizenship-oath-02-11-15.html Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has updated instructions related to the taking of the Oath of Citizenship as a result of a recent decision by the Federal Court of Appeal. The published instructions state: Following the recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada v. Ishaq, operational instructions related to the delivery of the Oath of Citizenship have been updated. The operational policy requires applicants to remove their face covering when taking the Oath, but applicants who are unwilling to do so for religious reasons must now be accommodated and allowed to recite the Oath of Citizenship privately, in front of a female judge or official who is authorized to administer the Oath, before joining the public ceremony. In mid-September, the Federal Court of Appeal had dismissed a government appeal over a ban on face coverings at citizenship ceremonies in what amounted to a major policy rebuke of the previous Conservative government, led by now former-Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The issue of face coverings while taking the Oath of Citizenship became a major point of contention during the recent Canadian federal election campaign, with the major opposition parties opposing the previous government’s stance on the issue.
  5. As expected, it is happening on June 11, 2015..... Another year added for the wait to become a citizen. Take me to 2017 already.... Original news release here. June 5, 2015 — Ottawa, ON — A final suite of reforms to strengthen and modernize Canada's citizenship laws will be fully in force as of June 11, 2015. The changes – part of a package of measures approved by Parliament last year – ensure new citizens can fully and quickly participate in Canada's economy and Canadian society. The first set of provisions that came into force last summer to strengthen Canadian citizenship and speed up application processing times are already paying off. New citizenship applications are being finalized in a year or less, and it is expected that the backlog of older files will have been eliminated by the end of this fiscal year. Individuals who submitted a citizenship application before April 1, 2015 will have a decision by March 31, 2016. Among the many benefits of the government's citizenship reforms, the new provisions will deter citizens of convenience – those who become citizens for the sake of having a Canadian passport to return to Canada to access taxpayer-funded benefits that come with citizenship status, without having any attachment to Canada, or contributing to the economy. Key changes include (in force June 11, 2015): •Adult applicants must now be physically present in Canada for at least 1,460 days (four years) during the six years before the date of their application, and they must be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days in each of four calendar years within the qualifying period. This is aimed at ensuring that citizenship applicants develop a strong attachment to Canada. •Applicants between the ages of 14 and 64 must meet basic knowledge and language requirements. This is aimed at ensuring that more new citizens are better prepared for life in Canada. •Citizenship will be automatically extended to additional “Lost Canadians” on June 11th, who were born before 1947, and did not become citizens on January 1, 1947 when the first Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect. This will also apply to their children born in the first generation outside Canada. •Adult applicants must declare their intent to reside in Canada once they become citizens and meet their personal income tax obligations in order to be eligible for citizenship. •To help improve program integrity, there are now stronger penalties for fraud and misrepresentation (to a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or up to five years in prison). This is aimed at deterring unscrupulous applicants who are prepared to misrepresent themselves, or advise others to do so. •The newly-designated Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the new regulatory body for citizenship consultants. Only members of the ICCRC, lawyers or notaries (including paralegals and students at law) can be paid to provide citizenship applicants with representation or advice. • New application forms, aligned with the new rules for eligibility, will be available on the CIC website as of June 11, 2015. Any applications received using the old forms and applications received after June 10, 2015 will be returned to the applicant.
  6. Blesbuck

    Citizenship, finally

    We finally became citizens on December 18 The looong process, started in May 2005 finally came to a conclusion just before Christmas, all the reams of forms to be completed, the tracking down of ancient documents to give a soulless self important bureaucrat his jollies and the neverending waiting. Oh the waiting, it's the hardest part, waiting for the medical forms, waiting for the medicals to be returned to Pretoria, waiting for PNP, waiting for medicals again, waiting for the passports to arrive in Snordorp, waiting for DHL to get it back (they messed it up and I wouldn't wait another day so we fetched it ourselves at Richmond to land), waiting for the Citizenship test and finally the ceremony The Citizenship Test and Ceremony was the fastest, most efficient and least stressful part of the whole process, they promised it would take two years and it nearly did I want to thank everyone who helped us along the way, Kobus, Larry, Cathy, Johan Kok and all the other members of the Gauteng Coffee Club And on this side, Tannie Cathy, Charlene, Engela and Ingrid for their help and moral support in the hard first few months Timeline: May 2005 Decided April 25 2006 Handed in PR Application October 2007 LSD Trip August 2008 Received WP January 2009 Landed WP May 18 2010 Landed PR October 31 2012 Handed in Citizenship Application October 21 2014 Wrote Citizenship Test December 18 2014 Citizenship Ceremony and the best of all NO MORE CIC
  7. Hi all, We are in the process of gathering our documents in order to apply for citizenship next month. One of the requirements as per the CI Guide, is proof that secondary education was completed in English. Whilst I have been able to get a copy of my transcript which lists the completed courses in English, I am trying to obtain a letter stating that the courses had been completed in English. After many phone calls and emails, I finally got a response yesterday to say that "due to a lot of fraud cases we are dealing with at the moment, Dr (name removed) is asking what you need the letter for". I have sent through a screen shot and a copy of the requirements guide stating why I need it as reference but at this point won't hold my breath. Plan B is to pay the $$$ and go and write the English test but before I do so, has anyone experienced a similar issue and how did you handle it? Would the transcripts be sufficient? According to my interpretation of the requirements, they do want it stated that the courses had been conducted in English but like I said, that is my interpretation. Sean.
  8. Hi guys I thought I'd share my first experience of Canada with you guys. Earlier this year - being the first two weeks of January - my myself and five other family members went to Visit Canada. Seven years back we'd applied to get in, so now was the window period where we had to fly over, in the middle of winter, and get our Visas stamped. The timing wasn't the most ideal, but on the other hand it would give us an idea what we were in for when the weather was at it's worst. My brother chose to stay there and find work. My brother and myself stayed in a student hostel called the Planet Traveler. If you are about 18-35 years of age and still have no family, staying at a hostel is a great experience, not to mention a good way to meet first time travellers. We stayed in Downtown Toronto (on College Street), where the people are friendly, the food is cheap (provided you shop around china town) and the city itself is safe...very safe. I recommend journeying to the Distillery District, it's a great touristy place of old Brickwork with a chocolate factory, local brewery, and other interesting trinkets. Coming from third-world South Africa, when venturing out of your house around 22h00 is enough to give you that third eye at the back of your head. The second thing was the public transport, was reasonable priced and efficient. I was rather amazed that the more I walked around I felt that the city was looking after me. One experience I remember fondly was around 04h00 (the jet-lag was still in our bones). My brother and myself roamed around the snow-blasted streets in search of a drink. After realising the laws - if I remember correctly after 0h00 - I think certain stores can't serve alcohol. Another more important issue, was the stamping of the Visa. They were stamped on January 1, 2013 so my question is: - How much time do I have left in SA before I move over? (I did hear something about spending two more years in and then a further three in Canada to get citizenship.) - How is this worked out? If someone could give me closure on this I know my time is running out, and I'd hate to miss out on being a Canadian citizen after around 7 years of waiting. Has anyone else had regrets, or feelings they'd like to share. My Parents didn't have such a glamorous time, since their kids (about 4 and 11) struggled to get use to the cold weather. They stayed in the entertainment area of Toronto, it a little more upperclass and people are less friendly (this was their impression, perhaps it was a combination of the cold?) Let me know your opinion, I'm intrigued Jonathan